I think the HP100 comes down to a couple of things. On the plus side, and very plus for the price, is the comfort. They did the earcups large enough, like the better Shures, that they're pretty well perfect.
The other thing is the sound. I think they compare well to the best in bass that aren't bass heavy. They also compare well to the better headphones that have good treble. The midrange is the key. I hear the HP100 as pretty neutral and uncolored, so if anyone has a negative reaction on first hearing, my prediction is it's going to be because of what they've been listening to most recently.
Final Audio Pandora VI, Beyer T51p, Harman/Kardon Soho, Thinksound ON1, v-moda M80, Bose OE2i, Audioengine D3/Microstreamer/FiiO E07k DAC/amps.
At the moment i am switching between the M-80, D7000 and DT880 and I am liking them all. I am hoping that the M-100 will be a more powerful M-80 moving slightly towards the DT880, but it sounds like the HP100 are already there.
Hifi: Audiolab M-DAC > Audiolab 8200P > Tannoy DC6T SE ●
Headphone: Q701, HP100, HE500, M80, TH900, Mad Dog, D7000, DT880, M100, K550, TH600 ●
DAC: E7, U100, rPAC, Modi/Magni, 120Ds, HP-A8, DAC2 HGC, BDP 105EU, EHP 02D, iDAC ●
The HP100 is a very different treble from the M80. So far I don't know anything about the M100.
But I will suggest this - if you lean toward the type of treble the Beyer DT1350 has, the HP100 is like that. If you lean more toward the ATH M50 or Senn HD25/Amperior, the v-moda M100 would likely be more like those.
Well, I am getting the M-100 anyway so that's ok. I kinda like the idea of having the HP100 too if they are different enough. If they are not I can always sell one on again, but I get the feeling that these are two I will want to keep above other that I have anyway. I haven't heard the DT1350 but that sounds good enough for me to give the HP100 a go.
I think I am going to be able to get the HP100 as a test unit on trial anyway so that will work out great. If I can't then I will just buy it anyway.
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